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Trump and Ryan still coming up short on AHCA [UPDATE — vote canceled]

(Paul Mirengoff) Normally, when a new president and a House Speaker engage in heavy-duty arm-twisting over a piece of legislation, and they have a big enough majority to withstand 21 or 22 defections, the legislation passes the House. That’s all the more true if the legislation pertains to a vital issue and the president and the Speaker reasonably perceive that its defeat will have major adverse political consequences for them and their party. And it’s especially true when th...
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Keystone XL pipeline approval coming by Monday

The Keystone XL pipeline will be approved to cross the U.S.-Candadian border no later than Monday according to a report this morning at Politico: The move by the State Department comes 16 months after Obama blocked construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline, which would ship crude from Canada’s western oil-sands region to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The pipel...

Democrats to Filibuster Gorsuch [with comment by Paul]

(John Hinderaker) Chuck Schumer announced this morning that Senate Democrats will filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. This seems like an odd decision, as Senate Republicans will no doubt follow the lead of Harry Reid and Schumer himself, by ending the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Gorsuch will be confirmed, and the filibuster will have been ab...

CNN: FBI has info showing Trump associates “possibly” coordinated with Russia to release info damaging to Clinton campaign

A leftover from last night, and an almost perfect political Rorschach test on Russiagate. Anti-Trumpers on Twitter were oohing and ahhing over the story, Trumpers were shrugging at how larded up it is with hedging. (“Possibly” coordinated? It’s also “possibly” true that Obama wiretapped Trump at Trump Tower, I guess.) The claim is w...

Let’s Get Serious About Childhood Deaths From Abuse and Neglect

Left: State Senator Matt McCoy Right: Picture of Natalie Finn taken by a neighbor After Finn’s death McCoy wanted all homeschoolers to receive safety visits from school officials. Between 4 and 8 children die in America every day from child abuse and neglect, according to ...

This Will Make The Environmental Pipeline Haters Go Apoplectic

Read the full story here.State Department to approve Keystone XL pipeline as soon as Monday The State Department could approve the permit to build the Keys...

Chelsea Clinton Joins Obama On Getting An Award For Doing Nothing

Chelsea Clinton To Receive Lifetime Impact Award For Some Reason Photo of Chuck Ross CHUCK ROSS ...

Chuck Schumer: Democrats will filibuster Judge Gorsuch

“My vote will be no and I urge my colleagues to do the same,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech today. And with that, Democrats have officially decided to give their base the fight it wants, a filibuster of Judge Gorsuch. “Judge Gorsuch was unable to convince me that he’d be an independent check on a president who has shown almost no restraint from executive overreach,” Schumer said. He added that Gorsuch appeared to have a “deep-seated cons...

We Hope Trump Supporter Wins Big Against Discriminatory Anti-Trump Bar. If Bakery Can Be Forced Out Of Business For Not Baking A Cake, The Same Should Go Here!

Trump Supporter Sues Bar For Refusing Him A Philadelphia man’s experience at “The Happiest Hour” bar in New York City turned into what his (trolling) lawyer has described as his “saddest hour.” After allegedly being refused service and told to leave on account of his Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” hat, accountant Greg Piatek, 30, is suing the popular West Village bar for “egregious...

How the media treated those Jewish community center bomb threats

Gabriel Malor wrote earlier about the arrest in the case of the bomb threats made against Jewish community centers and Synagogues. I’m sure there were more than a few of you who were shocked to learn that it was allegedly all the work of an Israeli-American citizen living in Israel. His motives may not be clearly defined for a while, but mental illness is being alleged as at least one factor. Hopefully he was acting alone and the treats will stop now, but it’s worth asking the que...

Stealing water

Fresh water is vital for human survival and health, the production of food and energy, industrial activity, and the functioning of the entire global economy, as well as for the survival of other animals, plants, and natural ecosystems. Water scarcity, whatever its cause–natural catastrophes, pollution, poor water management, or theft and smuggling—can have grave consequences. Author ...

Democrats to Filibuster Gorsuch

(John Hinderaker) Chuck Schumer announced this morning that Senate Democrats will filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. This seems like an odd decision, as Senate Republicans will no doubt follow the lead of Harry Reid and Schumer himself, by ending the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Gorsuch will be confirmed, and the filibuster will have been ab...

Among the Claremont crowd

(Scott Johnson) We recently posted a link in our Picks to the article the Chronicle of Higher Education article by Jon Baskin on “The academic home of Trumpism,” but I would like to pause over it here. I take it that the “home” referred to in the headline refers to the Claremont Colleges. The article nevertheless focuses on the the place of our friends at the Claremont Institute an...

Now besides ICBM’s, North Korea has taken to bank robberies

On the evening of Jan. 29, 2002, the ominous words “axis of evil” entered America’s political lexicon in President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address. His trio of rogue states was...

The rise of personalist rule

Beyond the most imminent foreign policy challenges facing the new administration looms a macro-trend that deserves attention: the rise of personalist “strongmen” authoritarian governments. Author T ...

For All Of Those Who Assumed It Was Right Wing, Skin Head, Trump Supporters Making The Bomb Threats, It’s Time To Apologize For Your Hysteria And False Accusations!

Israeli-American teen arrested in Israel for over 100 JCC bomb threats March 23, 2017 9:13am ...

Uh oh: Ryan delays House GOP meeting this morning as leadership looks for votes

Not necessarily a disaster, as they might have delayed the meeting because they’re hammering out the final details on a deal that will get them to 216. But … this doesn’t sound good: GOP rep texts that leadership just canceled a 9am conference meeting and says that "tells me it's panic time." — Eliana Johnson (@elianayjohnson) ...

Washington State supreme court judge: Keep ICE away from the courthouses

We recently talked about open borders enthusiasts who were upset over the possibility of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials showing up in or around courthouses for the purpose of taking illegal immigrants into custody for deportation. It seems that their complaints have been heard and now they have a judge on their side. This isn’t ...

Revisiting the broadcast public interest standard in communications law and regulation

Introduction In a January interview with the trade publication Variety less than a week before he stepped down, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler commented: “My ‘aha’ moment was that the public interest was a pretty malleable concept. The public interest is determined by the old adage, ‘Where you stand depends on where you sit.’ And so, what I have tried to do is say, ‘OK, we need another standard.’ And I ...

90 years later, the broadcast public interest standard remains ill-defined

The public interest standard has governed broadcast radio and television since Congress passed the Radio Act of 1927. However, decades of successive court cases and updated telecommunications laws have done little to clarify what falls into the public interest. The Radio Act gave local broadcasters monopolies over spec...